Another What If?

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by c14harv, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. c14harv

    c14harv Member

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    okay,

    i know i might sound really cocky, or something like that... but hey why not shoot for the stars... if i score a 34 or higher upon my next act on December 12th, how will this compare to other navy applicants? How many navy applicants get perfect scores? and this on top of my ECA's and leadership how does it look?

    I know it is an extremely ambitious goal, but i believe with some studying and practice.. I can improve my score greatly, also I have been taking college maths, english, and science that in my opinion should drastically have reinforced my foundation.


    Here is a Resume I have been using:

    Academics
    03/08 - 12/09 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, Georgia
     3.6 Cumulative GPA
     ACT Composite: 29 (E: 25 M: 28 R: 31 SC: 31)
     2 x President’s List
     1 x Dean’s List
     GED Recipient 12/2007
     Graduate Georgia Military College December 2009
     Prospective member Phi Theta Kappa (2-year College Honors Society)

    Accomplishments
     1 of 4 Cadets nominated for Cadet of the Year 2008-2009
     Member Cadet Chain of Command
     Cadet Sergeant First Class (In charge of platoon-30 cadets)
     Cadet First Sergeant Winter & Spring 2009 (In charge of company-50 cadets)
     Cadet Company Commander Fall 2009 (In charge of company-50 Cadets)
     Junior College Football team Captain and Committee member
     Member of Group of Cadets invited to breakfast with Secretary of the Army
     Recipient of Character Award for History Class
     Invited to attend NCEA Ethics Conference at West Point

    Extra Curricular
    & Community
    Service
     Member of Student Government Association
     Member of Ethics Bowl Team (To compete Regionally and Nationally)
     Member of 2 week missionary trip to Russia
     6 year altar Server and Sunday school assistant
     Over 15 hours of volunteer at Homeless shelter in community
     Adopt a family (Christmas) – Organized and was responsible for adopting one homeless family and providing them with a complete Christmas (gifts, meal, etc.)
     Member of the Young Marines for four years
     Currently enrolled in Army Senior ROTC


    Employment

    Executive Auto Detailing- Worked on detailing cars 40 hours/ week over the summer 2007.

    Earth Pro Inc. Engineers and Planning- Assisted in field surveying used technical equipment for surveying. Worked various jobs over the summer, and some school weekends.
     
  2. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    I think it looks great, but I'm just a mom so I can't say what they're looking for. I thought at first the 3.6 looked a bit low, but then realized that was a college GPA, not a high school one! :thumb:

    One thing I would say though is that you mention your college science classes helping you on the ACT. There really is very little actual science knowledge on the test. My youngest son took it this spring as an 8th grader and got a perfect score (36, but we ordered his actual test booklet and he didn't miss a question) on the science section. He hadn't had any HS science at the time, let alone college! I know you're using a study guide as well, but this is one section where I think working a lot of extra practice tests to get a good feel for what they're looking for and the timing can help you more than a year of AP Chem or Physics can!

    Good luck to you and from reading your other posts I have to say I'm really impressed with what you've done in the last few years!
     
  3. c14harv

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    Thank you Marciemi,

    I had an epiphany of sorts, lol I realized alot of things and grew up alot recently.
     
  4. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Well, that's great for you and it will help you out no matter what path you take from here! (I mean that truly, not sarcastically, and it's hard to get that across in print!).

    I did see your other thread about the GED and almost commented then. I think on that subject that unless there's anything major, that it wouldn't count against you, and would instead be viewed very positively. The fact that you've proven you can handle college work will be a huge plus. As far as something major - if you left school because of something like drugs or vandalism or something similar - it could be very hard. If it was just "not-motivated", then I really think they'd take the most recent evidence as more important.

    Have you spoken with your BGO yet? What kind of feed back have they given you? Are your nom applications in?
     
  5. c14harv

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    It was not because of something such as vandalism or other things, it was like you said "a lack of motivation." I just felt like I was going nowhere and was often bored.


    I have not spoken with my BGO's this year yet, this is my second year applying, but my BGO is the same and I will try to make sure we setup and appointment this week before I leave for the Ethics Conference at West Point on Sunday. My nomination applications will all be mailed in this week, but I have already been told as long as my academics get me in, I have a nomination... But, I am waiting just on the letters of reccomendation for my applications, one from my head coach, another from my math instructor, and the other from the President of my school(A 2-Star General and former Commadant of Cadets at West Point). Once these are in I will send them in before I leave for the Conference...Plus I take my CFA tommorow, since one of my MOC's want a copy of my CFA in my application... My ALO last year said the same it had proven my rising to the challenge, and overcoming adversity.
     
  6. c14harv

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    I also got this from NMMI's website...I withdrew from high school before precalculus and probably overextended myself by taking calculus but dropped it, now I am in precalculus and doing very well... I know my college is an official USMA prep school... but does this look like the right schedule for a prep school type person... if so that is me...

    Typical "Prep" Academy Schedules
    USMA, USNA, USAFA

    MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
    0715 Tutoring Tutoring Tutoring Tutoring
    0800 Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Lab Chemistry
    0855 History History '' History
    0950 Military Science ''
    1045 English English '' English
    1235
    1330 Pre-Calculus Pre-Calculus Pre-Calculus Pre-Calculus
    1425
    1530 Physical Training Prep Study Physical Training Prep Study Physical Training

    Typical Prep Schedule
    USCGA, USMMA

    MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
    0715 Tutoring Tutoring Tutoring Tutoring
    0800 Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry Lab Chemistry
    0855 English English '' English
    0950 Military Science ''
    1045 Physics Physics '' Physics
    1235
    1330 Pre-Calculus Physics Lab Pre-Calculus Pre-Calculus Pre-Calculus
    1425 ''
    1530 Physical Training Prep Study Physical Training Prep Study Physical Training
     
  7. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Well, it sounds like you have the PreCalc, and the Chemistry which are the main ones I think they're looking at for Navy.

    As I look at your ACT scores again, too, I'd really tell you to take a bunch of the English tests. My oldest son (one applying for Navy/AF) took the ACT 3 times and got that score from a 27 on the first to a 35 on the third just by working through practices. I think the reading doesn't improve much easily and the math you have the knowledge if you're in precalc, so I'd focus on the science (although a 31 is more than respectable) and the English to try to raise the score.
     

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